Nursing: Not a Job Anybody can do

nursing professionIn Singapore, a tribute has been given to the nurses for their role in Singapore’s healthcare system.

According to Professor K Satkunanantham, Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health, nursing is not a job that just anybody can do – it is a profession.

His writing was posted on the Health Ministry’s Facebook page.

“He said that that it takes a special kind of person to be a nurse – someone who is compassionate, caring, and who is willing to put the interests of others above their own. ”

“Nurses are often specially trained, and need to keep up with new developments in their field. They work in difficult situations, and have to remain professional in the face of challenges”.

The Professor has worked with very highly-trained nurses, without whom much of his work would have been impossible. He also stressed that nurses are often under-appreciated and taken for granted.

In the end Prof. Satkunanantham thanked all those in the nursing profession. He stressed that Singapore’s healthcare system would not function without nurses as hospitals, clinics and hospices rely on them.

Meanwhile, last Friday Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean issued a corrigendum to the document in Parliament in relation to footnote 12 on page 40 of the White Paper.

The footnote included two sentences – “Certain low-skilled jobs like personal services, retail, and nursing are hard to offshore. They will still be needed even as the economy upgrades”.

Mr. Teo said this segment will be deleted.

He said this classification of low-skilled jobs is not correct and apologised to those whose professions have been unintentionally misrepresented.

He also stressed that personally he has the greatest respect for the nursing profession. He said it is a noble and caring profession that all depend on and appreciate.

Mr. Teo said the matter was brought to his attention by friends in the nursing profession and unions.


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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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